The original scan for this article comes from Thomas M. Tryniski's
New York Sun, December 31, 1901, page 6.


Kentucky  Inventor  Who  Seems  to  Talk  Through  the  Ground.

    MURRAY, Ky., Dec. 30.--Nathan B. Stubblefield, an electrician and inventor, who resides two miles from this city, has perfected a system of wireless telephony by which the sounds of the human voice may be transmitted great distances without wires. Stubblefield is technically educated and is known through several electric devices patented in this country and in Europe.
    Stubblefield to-day gave an exhibition in this city, and in the presence of a large number of witnesses communicated with his fourteen-year-old son a quarter of a mile away. His son is his chief assistant. Stubblefield regards the earth, with its electrical energy, as a gigantic battery whose electric or magnetic field may be vibrated by the human voice. By the construction of a special electric cell, which he calls his "earth cell," Stubblefield says he takes advantage of the terrestrial magnetism and communicates through it.
    Stubblefield on Christmas eve showed what he could do by talking from a room, where his apparatus was set up, to his home, a quarter of a mile away. A party of children were gathered there and at the receiver obtained messages from Santa Claus. Recently J. C. McElrath, A. D. Thompson, James M. Cole, James Coleman, Charles Jetton, S. S. Higgins, O. T. Hall and Vernon Blythe, all well-known citizens, visited the Stubblefield plant, and after witnessing experiments in wireless telephony, appended their names to an affidavit setting forth the facts as they understood them.
    Stubblefield says that a central station could be erected in the United States and the weather bulletins flashed into every home. He says news of Presidential elections and other important matters could be bulletined in similar fashion. He makes other sweeping assertions on behalf of the apparatus.